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May 9, 2014

Wichita man, 46, sentenced to prison over child sex crimes

A 46-year-old Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to 34 months in prison on two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child younger than 14.

A 46-year-old Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to 34 months in prison on two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child younger than 14.

John P. Rollings pleaded guilty to the pair of reduced charges in March in a deal with prosecutors, Sedgwick County District Court records show. He was originally charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child – Jessica’s Law crimes – in the alleged fondling of two girls in late 2012. The amended charges accuse him of trying to entice or persuade the girls to commit a sex act.

In a February motion asking a judge to modify Rollings’ $100,000 bond, Rollings’ attorney claimed the accusations of sex abuse arose after the girls, ages 11 and 13, had been disciplined “for behavior problems.” That motion was later denied.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Ben Burgess handed down Rollings’ sentence. The 46-year-old was also ordered to lifetime post-release supervision and to register as a sex offender.

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